Basic Facility Information

Newaygo County Jail's basic information for you, and their direct contact number: 231-689-7024

This facility is for adult inmates.

The original jail at 300 Williams Street, White Cloud, MI 49349 was constructed and occupied in 1967. It was designed to hold thirty six (36) inmates. As years went on and the county’s population grew, the jail became too small for the needs of the county. It was not uncommon for the count to reach 70 to 75 on a busy weekend. In fact, in 1989 the jail was forced to declare and invoke the Jail Overcrowding Act on five separate occasions. Inmates were released back into the community prior to the completion of their sentence.

A jail expansion project started in 1989. The original portion went through some major renovation and a large addition added that increased the rated capacity dramatically. The addition was completed in the spring of 1990. At that time the facility was rated for 212 beds. The average daily population was 190. There were 29 individual housing units under one roof that are designed to house inmates classified from maximum to minimum custody security levels. Due to the ability to rent bed space to outside agencies the project was paid off within a five year period.

Another expansion project was completed November 1, 2010. With that project completed the new rated capacity is currently two hundred fifty eight (258) beds. Along with that, new administrative offices were built, The entrance for the Sheriff's Office and Jail are now located at 1035 E. James Street.

The Newaygo County Jail currently houses inmates for the West Michigan District of the United States Marshals Service. If anyone has questions relating to a federal detainee please contact the U.S. Marshals Service in Grand Rapids, Michigan at 1-616-456-2438.

The Newaygo County Jail offers many programs for incarcerated persons. The inmates may attend, if they so desire, the following programs:

High School Diploma or Equivalent - Newaygo Community Education has made it possible for inmates to obtain their high school diploma or equivalent through classrooms set up at the jail. Every inmate who does not have a high school education is evaluated as to the educational level acquired and placed into class room settings to obtain the necessary credits to complete their high school education.

Chaplain Services – Forgotten Man Ministries has made nondenominational church services available to anyone who wishes to attend. Forgotten Man Ministries has coordinated services which consist of several area churches who volunteer their time to conduct services within the facility on a weekly basis. Services are also available for our Spanish speaking population. Ordained pastors must register with the Jail Administration Office and receive a card which allows them passage into the facility at any time to visit with members of their congregation. Bible studies are available weekly for anyone who wishes to participate. The Department Chaplain has made himself available to see any inmate at any time of need.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling – One on one counseling has been made available for anyone in need.

Mental Health Services – Members of Newaygo Community Mental Health come to the jail on a regular basis to assist inmates with any issues concerning their mental health. Counseling sessions are set up with inmates and are not terminated until those needs are met. They are also available 24 hours per day on an emergency basis.

Medical Services – All medical needs including emergencies are made available 24 hours per day. Any inmate in need of medical assistance can notify medical staff in writing and be seen as soon as possible. Referrals to specialists are made as necessary.

Inmate Commissary - The Newaygo County Jail contacts with Canteen Corporation for commissary needs. All inmates have the opportunity to have an account whereby personal hygiene and food items of their choice can be purchased. Money can be deposited into an inmate account through the use of the kiosk machine located in the lobby at the Sheriff's Office. Online services are available at or by calling 1-888-497-2387. An operator will be available to assist you with your call. Another option is called I-Care. A commissary order can be placed and paid for with a credit card by calling 1-888-634-0034. That order will be sent to this facility with all other orders placed for that week. Please do not send money orders. Cash or money orders will not be accepted.

Facility Type

Newaygo County Jail generally houses inmates that are serving less than a year. Inmates that are awaiting their sentence (or they are currently making appearances in court and were unable to make bail). The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

County Jails also offer and manage alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

County Jail inmates often end up having 30% to 90% of their time taken off their final sentence. State prison inmates end up serving 50-85% of their final penalty depending on the seriousness of the crime and if parole was granted at sentencing.

Custody/Security Level

The Newaygo County Jail is located in Michigan and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 231-689-7024 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Newaygo County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

Inmate Locator

Newaygo County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Michigan. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Newaygo County Jail - Visitation

Off-site Visitation

Getting started is easy

  • To Begin using Securus Video Visitation, you must first create a Securus Online account. Go to: and click "Sign Up" to create your account and add Video Visitation today.  You will be required to submit information such as your name, address, photo identification and self-portrait.
  • Once your account is created and validated, you will need to request access to one or more facilities that offer Securus Video Visitation.
  • Once approved by the correctional facility, you can begin scheduling your Securus Video Visitation sessions.

Visits from home have a charge but are not restricted on how many times per week.

Contact Securus 877-578-3658

On-site Visitation

Inmates in the Newaygo County Jail can be visited in the jail or at home through video visitation.

Visits are self-scheduled in advance online according to approved visitation hours. Go online to and follow the prompts. If you do not own a computer, you can come into the lobby area of the Newaygo County Jail to schedule your visit on a visitation terminal. Your loved one is notified of the scheduled visit in advance and will be able to check in at the time of the visit by using the pin number and monitor number given to them by Securus once they have scheduled their visit. All visits are video visits are in a common area.  Because it is a common area we request visitors supervise all children during on-site visits.  Any inappropriate or disruptive behavior will cause the visit to be immediately terminated.  Out of respect, all inmates and visitors have the right to have a pleasant experience during their visitation time. 

Visitation Dates and Times:

Off-site remote visits:  Sunday through Friday 1:00 pm – 4:40 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On-site visitation:  Satruday 1:00pm – 4:40 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photosmagazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Newaygo County Jail that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Michigan

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account or commissary account; this is not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail.  Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails even require a per night payment for the jail’s expenses – required from the inmate

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account.  An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books.  The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers.  The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming. 

The commissary also sells is paper, envelopes, and stamps which allows the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family.  Most facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – that means that there can be no money in their commissary account for at least 30 days to become eligible.  

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room.  Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
•    Inmate’s full committed name
•    Inmate’s ID number
•    Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses.  You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility.  Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are:
•    MoneyGram
•    JPay
•    OffenderConnect
•    Access Corrections
•    JailATM
•    CommissaryDeposit
•    Touchpayonline
•    tigercommissary
•    smartdeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. 

Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Sending funds using MoneyGram to a State, County or Federal facility or to the Phone Carrier at the facility
Inmates can receive funds at the facilities listed below, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's ExpressPayment Program.
1.    Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
2.    Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.
3.    Funds sent after 9:00 p.m. EST is posted at 7:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

Here is an example of how to send funds to your federal inmate, follow these steps carefully:

1.    Wait until your inmate has physically arrived at a facility.  
2.    You'll need the following information:

  • Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
  • Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • City & State: Washington, DC
  • Receive Code: 7932 (and the amount you are sending).
  • Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

3.    CLICK to send the funds through MoneyGram over the internet to recipient's location

  • 3M MONITORING FL (1246) – Odessa FL
  • AZ COMMUNITY (1241) – Phoenix AZ
  • AZ DOC INMATE DEPOSITS (1237) – Phoenix AZ
  • AZ VISITOR BACKGROUND (1243) – Phoenix AZ
  • CA RESTITUTION JPAY (1282) - Sacramento CA
  • CA TEMPORARY LEAVE JPAY (1280) - Sacramento CA
  • CCNO JPAY (7191) – Miami FL
  • COOK CTY DEPT OF CORRECT (1750) – Chicago IL
  • DWCRC JPAY (7277) – Miami FL
  • FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS (7932) – Washington DC
  • HCC ALC MON GPS REM BREATHE (1369) – Hixson TN
  • HCC FINES AND COURT COSTS (1370) – Hixson TN
  • HCC VICTIM RESTITUTION (1373) - – Hixson TN
  • KENTUCKY SOTP JPAY (1283) – Frankfort KY
  • MESA VERDE DETENTION (1292) – Bakersfield CA
  • MILWAUKEE COUNTY JAIL (1300) – Milwaukee WI
  • MN DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (1279) – Saint Paul MN
  • MOSHANNON VALLEY JPAY (7692) – Philipsburg PA
  • MUSCOGEE COUNTY PRISON (1289) – Columbus GA
  • NC DEPART OF PUBLIC SAFETY (1224) – Raleigh NC
  • PASCO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFC (6184) – New Port Richey FL
  • PHONE TX DEBIT JPAY (7334) – Miami FL
  • ROUTING ONLY JPAY LA WINN (1302) – Baton Rouge LA
  • SSC INMATE FUNDING (7950) – Bradenton FL
  • TAFT JPAY (7278) – Miami FL
  • TENNESSEE COMMUNITY SUP (1195) – Nashville TN
  • TENNESSEE DEPT OF CORR JPAY (6188) – Nashville TN
  • WASHINGTON COS JPAY (6191) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DOC FUNERAL (8260) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DOC MEDICAL (8261) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DOC POSTAGE (8262) – Tumwater WA

4.    First-time users will have to set up a profile and account.
5.    A MasterCard or Visa credit/debit card is required.

How do I put money on my inmate's phone account at the prison?

Using the same MoneyGram link, you can also fund the phone account directly:

  • CITY TELE COIN COMPANY (6444) - Bossier City LA
  • NCIC INMATE PHONE SERVICE (14200) - Longview TX
  • PAYTEL (4238) - Greensboro NC
  • RELIANCE TELEPHONE SYSTEM (3019) - East Grand Forks MN
  • TELMATE PHONE ONLY (7163) - Ontario OR

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary:

  • Keefe Group
  • Access Securpak
  • iCareGifts
  • Union Supply Direct
  • Walkenhorst's Inmate Packages
  • CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How to Put Money in Commissary

While methods vary from state to state, you have quite a few options to make jail deposit. All county jails in Michigan , Michigan  Department of Corrections facility, federal prison, and all local jails have their own sets of procedures. Be sure to familiarize yourself with applicable rules and regulations regarding how to set up an inmate trust account. Newaygo County commissary, Federal Commissary, and Michigan  prison commissary prices and Michigan prison commissary list may also vary.

The oldest and most trusted money transfer company is MoneyGram. Click and follow the instructions for adding money to federal, state prisons or county jails. They transfer to your loved one's account within a few hours.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Newaygo County Jail letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

Stamps, writing instruments, paper, etc. for inmates must be purchased through the jail commissary. There are provisions for indigent inmates, as long as there are no deposits into the inmate's trust account within a 30 day period, the writing items AND postage are provided at no charge. No property of any kind can be mailed to or dropped off for inmates. Inappropriate or unacceptable mail will be returned to the sender and not placed in the inmate's locker. Those persons attempting to send contraband will be prosecuted.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • New Year's
  • Ramadan
  • Hanukkah
  • Easter
  • Passover
  • Kwanzaa
  • Valentine's Day

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate.

If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents! 

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Newaygo County Jail at 1035 East James St, White Cloud, MI

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call. 

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes. 

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year.

Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money. 

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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